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Voluntary Resilience Standards: An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment

May 2017

This report offers an analysis of 14 voluntary resilience standards by which buildings can be evaluated. The resilience standards addressed are based on guidelines and tools designed to help communities prepare for climate change and hazards - including certifications, benchmarking systems, planning frameworks, and design principles. Recognizing that the market for climate resilient infrastructure standards is nascent, the report discusses how existing programs can encourage medium-term and long-term planning, evaluating the programs using the following criteria: Target Audience - focuses on the type of facility, factors beyond those of the physical site, and the life cycle of the building Impact and Scope - considers social vulnerability and performance goals for certain situations including flooding, earthquakes, and high winds Standard Development Process - how community input was incorporated in the program design and the verification process The resilience standards analyzed were developed by various organizations including nonprofits, universities, U.

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation, Barr Foundation, Energy Foundation, Meister Consultants Group

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Embracing Change: Adapting Conservation Practices to Address a Changing Climate

March 2018

From the Wildlife Conservation Society, this report contains case studies on conservation organizations that are “strategically altering their approaches to keep pace with climate change.” 12 featured organizations are examined for their climate informed strategies, and innovative long-term goals that are ready to evolve with the impacts of climate change. Wildlife Conservation Society is calling the examples in this report “the hopeful side of climate change.” 

Related Organizations: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

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Climate Change Resilience Strategies for Buildings in New York State

June 2018

From the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning’s Resilient Buildings Laboratory this report identifies 25 resilience strategies for managing climate impacts to building infrastructure throughout the state. The purpose of the report is to provide relevant state agencies, local policymakers, engineers, planners, as well as communities with more information and case studies on how to make built areas and infrastructure more resilient to climate-related impacts.

Related Organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

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Taking Action: A Progress Report on the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

2014

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a framework to support adaptation and conservation of the country’s natural communities over the next five to 10 years (from 2013), based on climate change projections for the next century. The multi-partner strategy outlines a unified approach to maintaining the key terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems needed to sustain fish, wildlife and plant resources under the accelerating impacts of climate change.  This Taking Action progress report describes 50 projects that demonstrate implementation of a variety of actions recommended by the Strategy.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Miami-Dade County Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk

March 3, 2011

With assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability hosted a workshop for county department staff from across all sectors to learn about potential sea level rise (SLR) impacts on county assets and processes, provide input on a county-wide vulnerability assessment, and identify opportunities to adapt to SLR and other climate impacts. The workshop employed NOAA’s Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk, which provides communities with a framework for conducting a participatory assessment of community vulnerability to coastal hazards as well as an approach for incorporating relevant risk information into local planning.

Related Organizations: National Association of Counties, Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability, Miami-Dade County, Florida, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Designing with Water: Creative Solutions from Around the Globe

August 1, 2014

Developed by The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and Sasaki Associates, this report focuses on urban design solutions to sea level rise resulting from climate change. Designing with Water provides Boston-relevant case studies and innovative designs for city planners and developers to adapt to flooding and enhance urban resiliency. The report is the second in the Preparing for the Rising Tides series, which the TBHA first released in 2013, assessing the neighborhood-level sea level rise flooding risk to Boston.

Related Organizations: The Boston Harbor Assocation

Author or Affiliated User: Julie Wormser

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Georgetown Climate Center Green Infrastructure Toolkit

September 14, 2016

From the Georgetown Climate Center, the new Green Infrastructure Toolkit is a comprehensive guide presenting a wide array of best green infrastructure practices from cities across the country. The tool is integrated with this Adaptation Clearinghouse to showcase some of the best examples available, whether you are just getting started, scaling up, determining how to pay for green infrastructure, or working to ensure that local policies are integrated with climate equity and environmental justice efforts in the community.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

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Climate Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector: Lessons from Vermont

November 2, 2017

This report from the Georgetown Climate Center describes climate-smart agricultural practices and efforts states can take to help farms prepare for climate change impacts. The report also includes a case study of how the State of Vermont supported adaptation in the agricultural sector after Hurricane Irene in 2011, which may be helpful to states and communities recovering from recent storms. The report was authored by Deborah Markowitz, former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Deb Markowitz

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Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Current Tools and Legal Risks

April 27, 2015

From North Carolina Sea Grant, this publication is designed for local government officials considering social vulnerability in coastal communities dealing with extreme weather events and increased flooding. Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Current Tools and Legal Risks outlines available data sets for social vulnerability, their current and potential use, and the associated legal risks in using that information for climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Sea Grant

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lisa Schiavinato, Heather Payne

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Social Cohesion: The Secret Weapon in the Fight for Equitable Climate Resilience

May 2015

From the Center for American Progress, this report discusses the role that social cohesion plays in preparedness and response to climate change induced extreme weather events, with a focus on the vulnerability of low-income communities. Methods to integrate community resilience into climate resilience are described, and specific recommendations to foster climate and social resilience are provided. In addition to the value of social cohesion in climate resiliency, the report details how addressing the unique housing, economic and health vulnerabilities of low income groups will in turn have benefits for the community at large.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Danielle Baussan

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